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College of Business Alumni Advisory Board Hosts Symposium

Published date: September 30, 2015

By Adriana Fink, Mass Communications '17

Virginia State University’s Reginald F. Lewis College of Business’ Alumni Advisory Board recently hosted its first symposium of the 2015-2016 school year, “30 Seconds to Success: Are you Prepared?”. Funded by The Lamp Group, the symposium included segments on resume etiquette and interviewing techniques. Advisory Board members Beverly Everson-Jones (President, Class of '82 accounting major), Lanita Thweatt (Class of '80 accounting major), Wanda Moore (Class of '82, accounting major), and Marvin C. Allmond (Class of ’72, accounting) facilitated the event.

Guest Speaker Shevonne Davis from KPMG discussed the importance of a good resume and provided a step-by-step guide on writing an outstanding resume. Davis emphasized that resumes were to “obtain an interview, not a job” and should be “neat, organized, [and] error free.” Included in Davis’ presentation were examples of what not to do, such as overstating one’s experience, including personal info and using pronouns.

Monique Lanaux, HR Director for Pepsico Inc./Frito Lay-Atlantic Region discussed essential interviewing techniques. She encouraged students to “take risks” by accepting any interview opportunity they received. Lanaux reassured students that interviews are “opportunities to sell [themselves]” and to “interview to grow network.” Lanaux reminded students that it is acceptable to turn down an offer.

Advisory board members had the opportunity to speak to students, offering support and mentorship. Allmond discussed the need for students to find “a drive within themselves” in order to be successful. Furthermore, he encouraged students to be proactive toward their careers and futures. He explained that “hard work and accountability” are important traits for potential interns and employees.

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